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The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
2 nights minimum
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Tranquility and peace in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The perfect place to get away from it all... .....relax and sleep in style! Welcome to Winter here at Olde Farm Holiday Cottages, the days are short and the nights might be long but the frost makes everything magical in the gardens which still teem with life as we await the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils making their appearance, the birds are around singing and digging for insects, the robin visits each morning waiting on the picnic table for his breakfast, the owls hunt at night and are magnificent. The days though short can still quite warm in the bursts of Winter sunshine and the star filled night skies are just breath taking as the frosty nights ensure clear, cloudless nights. A...Tranquility and peace in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The perfect place to get away from it all... .....relax and sleep in style! Welcome to Winter here at Olde Farm Holiday Cottages, the days are short and the nights might be long but the frost makes everything magical in the gardens which still teem with life as we await the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils making their appearance, the birds are around singing and digging for insects, the robin visits each morning waiting on the picnic table for his breakfast, the owls hunt at night and are magnificent. The days though short can still quite warm in the bursts of Winter sunshine and the star filled night skies are just breath taking as the frosty nights ensure clear, cloudless nights. And soon there will be sealpups! Our prices are the same all year round, with no increases for the Summer, Christmas, New Year, Easter or half term breaks. We offer total flexibility and your short break can start on any day of the week with the only stipulation that you book for a minimum of two nights (three in August and at Christmas and Easter). Treats/toys/ bowls/blankets for your pets are also included as standard. There is a seasonal welcome starter basket just waiting for you full of home made bread, scones, pate, jam and marmalade, local ham, bacon and cheese, juice, mineral water, together with an extensive selection of teas and coffees - not to forget the flowers, Prosecco and chocolates! The fresh eggs are from our own small flock of hens and there are apples, strawberries and cherries to pick in season. We are also more than happy to adapt our welcome basket to fit your dietary requirements so if you want vegetarian, vegan, peanut/diary/gluten free then just let us know. If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion then please tell us and we can go that extra mile for you! If you want to arrange an extra special treat for someone on arrival then again just let us know and we can work together to make your celebration even more memorable. Our cottages form part of a barn conversion and its outbuildings which were built around 150 years ago. One cottage (the Bee's Knees) adjoins the main house (Rivendell) with another cottage (The Borrowers) adjacent in the courtyard. Situated in Banham, between Thetford and Norwich just South of Attleborough, we are ideal for visits to Banham Zoo, the Snetterton Motor Circuit, Bressingham Steam Museum, Englands only Whisky distillery (The English Whisky Company) and several other Norfolk and local Breckland attractions including a day out at the races at Fakenham Race Course or Great Yarmouth. See for yourselves the wonderful wildlife at Minismere (home of Springwatch). Indulge yourself with a spa day at Centre Parcs at Elvedon which is easily reached or in The Retreat in the famous Jarrolds Department store in Norwich. The nearest train stations are Attleborough or Diss. If you are planning on flying in then the nearest local airport is Norwich with Stansted and Luton approximately 90 minutes drive. If you are looking for high levels of quality in comfortably furnished and well equipped cottages with WIFI, Sky TV/DVD/Alexa, Panasonic sound system, ceramic hob, granite worktops, combination microwave, full sized electric oven, fridge, freezer, coffee maker, food mixer, blenders and laundry facilities then we feel sure they will easily meet your requirements. In The Borrowers there is underfloor heating in the living room and bathroom to make sure you are cosy on the cold evenings and a fabulous 'log' fire to sit by in the evenings. You can bird watch from the decking and feed the regular visitors - sparrows, collared doves, wood pigeons, gold finches, wood peckers, robins all feed from the various stations dotted around the gardens. Pheasants often visit and wander around the garden and the resident moorhens raise their broods in the floating house on the pond. The cottage is ideal for couples, babies and toddlers can be accommodated, but as there is only one bedroom it is not suitable for older children. It has the facility to be linked to the main house and The Bee's Knees offering accommodation for much larger groups. We also positively welcome pets. Set amongst working farmland and pasture our cottages form part of a barn conversion and its outbuildings which were built around 150 years ago for the farmhouse and still working farm next door - so particularly at harvest there are times when you will hear and see tractors and other farm vehicles coming and going about their business. Where we are is very 'real' rural Norfolk but it is also beautiful and uplifting and the lack of street lighting means the huge star filled skies are mesmerising - wrap up warm, sit outside in the evenings and just drink it all in. 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About the Owner
Magdalene M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2014
Interaction with guests
We live next door so can be as accessible or as remote as you wish! We always try to ensure that we are here to meet and greet guests and show you around the cottages and gardens. There is a full information pack in the cottage which gives you information about the local attractions, shopping, eating out and take-aways. We would be happy to help you plan your stay with us.. Consider The Borrowers your home from home and we hope that if you arrive a stranger you will leave a friend!!
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Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

OMG! Where do I start with how amazing this property is and how accomodating the owners are. If we could move in today and never leave we would! From the complimentary extras to the beautiful decor to the tranquility of the location, everything was perfect...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Hayley B
Paradise542104, VR Owner at The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again here at Olde Farm. It makes all the efforts we go to worthwhile when they work! Merry Christmas, Dalene & Alex

Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

We had such a wonderful stay at The Bees Knees. It was great when we arrived really late after a very long journey with very sleepy children to be greeted by such friendly hosts, a very comprehensive and tasty welcome pack and a proper home...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Hannah R
Paradise542104, VR Owner at The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2018

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, it makes us very happy to know that we made your stay so comfortable and that you enjoyed the toys and gardens.

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Reviewed 15 September 2018

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at Borrowers Cottage. The cottage is fitted out superbly, very high quality everything. You want for nothing, and if you should your hosts are more than willing to help you out. Beautiful gardens and lots of...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Suzie B
Paradise542104, VR Owner at The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

It was our pleasure to have you all to stay with us here (and to meet Gerard) and we are so happy that you enjoyed your break. It makes all the effort we go to worthwhile when we know that it works and we look...More

Reviewed 13 September 2018

A very warm welcome and we were made to feel at home straight away. The cottage is a converted barn with all you could wish for. We were also supplied with a large welcome hamper - so large in fact that we couldn't even finish...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Paradise542104, VR Owner at The Borrowers: Luxury Romantic Cottage for Two at Olde Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

It was our pleasure to have you both here to stay with us and we very much enjoyed our conversations about Treasure Trail (thanks for this) and Dad's Army - we look forward to welcoming you back to stay with us. Kindest regards. Dalene &...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We have just returned from our 3rd visit to these amazing cottages and again words can not describe our stay. The owners excelled there self's once again with the fresh home made bread and jams in each cottage on our arrival and the most amazing...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Keith T
Management response:Responded 4 September 2018

It was totally our pleasure to have you all to stay for another visit and we are so pleased that we lived up to your expectations. There can be no better affirmation that our efforts are working than to have repeat visits and it was...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
Banham is a very pretty, small village with its own village green and lovely church. In times gone by it was better known for its brick, tile and chimney manufacturing and the world famous cider producing company Gaymer and Son. You can still taste several fruit beers and ciders at the Garden House pub about a mile from the cottage. The sign on the village green reflects it's history as it shows kiln, a cider press and an apple tree. Close by we have the famous Banham Zoo, the Snetterton racing circuit, which hosts regular events, the beautiful medieval town of Norwich, the Bressingham Steam Museum and many more attractions which you will find full details of in the cottage. Within walking distance is the village of Old Buckenham with it's enormous village green, thatched church, ca...
Getting around
There is little to no public transport in Banham but Attlebrough and Diss Stations are fairly close with ample parking (or we could take you and collect you) and from these you can also travel into Norwich, Ipswich, Cambridge, Ely, Thetford and the surrounding towns. There are several pubs and shops within reasonable walking distance (2k)
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